Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Late returns from Democratic strongholds push her over the top against Thompson.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin claimed victory in Wisconsin’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, defeating former Gov. Tommy Thompson by a small margin and helping her Democratic Party hold on to its narrow national majority. Baldwin, at her Election Night gathering in Madison, by then a victory part, said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you," to her supporters there and around the state just before 11:30 p.m. “It's that battle for Wisconsin's middle class that this has all been about since this journey began 14 months ago,” Baldwin said. "Everywhere that I've gone in our beautiful state, people have told me that they want a senator who will listen to the middle class when they need help... A senator who will wake up every morning and fight for …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Though their names are separated by just a vowel, Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin have vastly different visions for the future. It's resulted in one of the most bitter and tightly contested races for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 4:50 p.m. Monday to include comments from Tommy Thompson after they were received. The most expensive U.S. Senate campaign in Wisconsin history, and one of the most watched in the nation, is down to its last day — and by most accounting is down to the wire, with no significant advantage to either candidate. Polls on the race between Gov. Tommy Thompson and U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin swung wildly since Thompson emerged as victor in the Republican primary. Thompson initially built a double-digit lead, only to see that reversed in Baldwin's favor. But within the past month of the campaign, those numbers have drawn back to a near dead heat, with perhaps a slight edge toward Baldwin but falling within the…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A Marquette University Law School poll shows that more Wisconsin voters support President Barack Obama than his opponent Mitt Romney. But the race is definitely tightening.
President Barack Obama is up by 3 percentage points over Mitt Romney in the presidential race in Wisconsin, according to a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. However, the race is tightening and polling officials warned candidates not to take Wisconsin for granted. This is the first Marquette University Law School poll in Wisconsin since Mitt Romney tapped U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, and the poll shows that the GOP candidate didn't get enough of a bump to swing Wisconsin from blue to red after the announcement. “The two-point shift in Romney’s direction is within the margin of error for the poll, but suggest Ryan’s addition to the ticket may have slightly increased Romney’s chances in Wisconsin,” said …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Former congressman and U.S. Senate candidate joins the Tea Party bus on a statewide tour just days before the Republican primary election.
With just five days before the primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann continued his trip around Wisconsin Thursday with the Tea Party Express bus, making a stop in Waukesha County. Neumann's first stop of the day-long tour was at the Country Springs Hotel Thursday morning where, in front of a modest crowd of supporters, he outlined the three key issues he’ll address if elected to the open Senate seat. “The first thing that we need to do to restore this great nation is we need to restore the government to the principles that are in the constitution of the United States of America,” Neumann said. According to Neumann, that includes the right to bear arms. Second, he says he fully intends to repeal the Affordable Care Act and …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hovde claims the "elite liberal media" are baselessly attacking him based on a few seconds from a 14-minute speech. He said the left is labeling him as anti-poor, and he's challenging Huffington Post founder to a debate any time and any place.
U.S. Senate hopeful Eric Hovde isn’t afraid to step outside the political boxing ring to debate - anywhere at any time. In fact, on Wednesday he challenged Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington to debate about who has done more for the less fortunate in America. “I will gladly debate Ms. Huffington any time and any place in front of a room full of journalists on what she has done for the less fortunate versus what I have done,” Hovde stated Wednesday. Hovde put out the challenge to Huffington after the online media outlet posted a story about the Wisconsin real estate developer’s comments pertaining to the media’s portrayal of the poor in America. In the Huffington Post article Hovde is quoted as saying: "I see a reporter here," he …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Campaign manager says former governor backed out of debate as soon as he heard Hovde would be there, but Thompson aide says Hovde is being "hypocritical."
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde Tuesday took former Gov. Tommy Thompson to task Tuesday for not appearing at a candidates forum in Madison. Hovde, who is opposing Thompson and two other Republicans in the Senate primary, said the no-show is denying voters the chance to hear where the former governor stands on fiscal issues. “It’s certainly disappointing that, once again, Gov. Thompson is denying Wisconsin voters a good, honest debate," Hovde campaign press secretary Sean Lansing said in a statement. Thompson, along with Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, will not participate in Dane County Young Republicans event on Tuesday night. The event, originally designed as a debate between the four candidates, is now a forum with only …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Huckabee said Thompson espouses all the characteristics of a true conservative and an innovator.
When former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee heard some folks were questioning former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senate hopeful Tommy Thompson’s credentials as a conservative, he knew it was time to throw on a sweater and head to the colder climes of Wisconsin to lend his support. On Thursday, in front of students and faculty at St. Anthony’s School of Milwaukee, Huckabee gave Thompson his ringing endorsement. “Anybody who would challenge the conservative credentials or the authenticity of Tommy Thompson’s ability to govern is either absolutely clueless, or downright dishonest,” Huckabee said. Thompson threw his hat in the ring Dec. 1 when he announced he would run for retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s (D-Wis.) seat. He is now in the midst of…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Large crowd shows up to support former Wisconsin governor, a Republican, in election campaign kick-off.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, announced his plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl on Thursday in front of a large crowd of energetic supporters who came to back his campaign. Thompson, who entered the room to cheers of “Tommy, Tommy” and music blaring, cited the nation’s growing debt and increased government spending, programs and regulations under President Barack Obama’s administration as reasons why he decided to seek election. “I am not running on what we have accomplished in the past or to further a career,” Thompson said. “I am running to help America reclaim its future and its destiny – for my children and grandchildren and your children and grandchildren.” Thompson’s …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Speaker of Wisconsin Assembly will run against Thompson, Neumann for Republican nomination.
State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald officially announced Tuesday that he will run for the U.S. Senate in November 2012. The Republican from Horicon is perhaps best known for his role in the controversial legislation curbing collective-bargainning rights. He told the Associated Press that was his biggest asset in the race. Other Republicans who have announced their intention to run are former Gov. Tommy Thompson and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann. Two others, state Sen. Frank Lasee and Madison investor Eric Hovde, are also considering a run, the AP reported. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin has entered the race on the Democratic side. The candidates are battling to replace U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who announced in May that he will retire.